Pro Bono Opportunity: Volunteer lawyers needed April 30

Pro Bono Council announces new manager

The Pro Bono Council welcomed Catherine Brown in January 2017 as their newest Manager. Catherine has held multiple positions supporting legal aid and pro bono and brings a wealth of experience to the work of Washington’s volunteer lawyer programs. Catherine has also served on the ATJ Board’s Leadership Development Committee, most recently as one of its co-chairs. We believe Catherine will be a great asset to the work of the Pro Bono Council. We asked Catherine to share a little about her background and what motivates her. Read her responses here.

 

 

Due April 28: Stokes Lawrence tuition scholarships available for 1Ls

Application Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

Stokes Lawrence is pleased to offer three $1,500 tuition scholarships to first year students from diverse backgrounds; one at each of the three law schools in the State of Washington. Our goals is to promote opportunities within the profession and to encourage a dialogue around the issue of diversity in the work place. The Diversity Scholarships are open to all first year law students of diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated promise for a successful career in law and are committed to community involvement.

Read more and apply here.

Pro Bono Opportunity, April 30: Volunteer lawyers needed

MELAW in conjunction with the Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) and the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) will be hosting a legal clinic on April 30. This clinic is open to all, but will be focused on reaching the Muslim and Middle Eastern community.

We are seeking volunteer attorneys to staff the clinic in the following practice areas:

  • Immigration Law (greatest demand);
  • School Law (to advise families with children facing discrimination or bullying in the school system);
  • Family Law;
  • Housing Discrimination;
  • Employment Law.
Additional clinic details:
  • Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), Multi-purpose room, 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052;
  • Date: April 30, 2017 (quarterly thereafter);
  • Time: 2-5 PM;
  • 30 minute sessions per client;
  • Hosted as a King County Bar Association Neighborhood Clinic.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kerem Levitas at kerem@melegal.org and include the following information:
  • Name, phone number, email, mailing address.
  • Practice areas;
  • Bar number;
  • Languages spoken.

Deadline extended, due May 3: Pro Bono Honors Society applications

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Do you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project? Do pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization? Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project? Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit? Volunteer at a non-profit organization?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society! Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!
Apply here.

 

Local organizations hiring students for summer externships

Due May 1: Northwest Justice Project hiring Labor Trafficking Attorney

Application Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) seeks applications from qualified attorneys to address labor trafficking in agriculture in collaboration with our Farm Worker Unit (FWU). The FWU is based in Yakima and provides legal assistance to low-income agricultural workers throughout Washington. This position is funded by a grant from the federal Office for Victims of Crime (VOCA) and Washington’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) to serve individuals impacted by labor trafficking and to increase awareness of trafficking and appropriate services in vulnerable communities throughout Washington. This is a full-time position funded for three years.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Seattle Community Law Center hiring summer and school-year externs

Application Deadline: Open until filled

overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. The Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP) provides the accommodations, resources, and encouragement necessary to keep clients who are homeless engaged in their disability claim. DHAP delivers legal aid “in the field” at local shelters and sites accessible to the homeless population. The Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP) helps clients who have a legal problem with disability benefits that they are already receiving.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Thurston County Public Defense hiring summer externs

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Thurston County Public Defense (TCPD) gives legal representation to people who can’t afford a lawyer, in criminal and dependency cases in Thurston County District Court and Superior Court.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Summer externship opportunities with the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction-Equity and Civil Rights Office

Application Deadline: Open until filled

An extern would assist the Equity and Civil Rights Office and Legal Affairs Unit in providing support, information, and dispute resolution to help families and educators understand their rights and responsibilities. This will include: • Conducting legal research regarding civil rights issues affecting students and schools, including discrimination on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, and disability; • Drafting guidance materials, tools, and resources to assist schools and families understand their rights and responsibilities; • As needed, assisting with complaint investigations, analyzing potential discriminatory practices, and resolving concerns about discrimination by students, parents, employees, and others; and • Researching other legal issues that arise in the agency, such as public disclosure and allegations of unprofessional conduct by educators.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Kids In Need of Defense hiring attorney in California

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing direct and pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also assists children who are returning to their home countries through deportation or voluntary departure to do so safely and to reintegrate into their home communities. In addition, we work to ensure the voices of these children are heard and we help them become their own advocates. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: American Immigration Council hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Council’s legal department advocates for fundamental fairness in U.S. immigration law. It is staffed by experienced immigration lawyers who play a leading role in immigration litigation across the country.

Apply and learn more here

Washington State AGO hiring for multiple Assistant Attorney General positions

April 18: AGO hiring for two Assistant Attorney General positions in Agriculture and Health Division

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, and the Attorney General’s Office serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including social and health services, consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.

There are two positions available within the Washington State Attorney General’s Office’s Agriculture and Health Division. One position is open to all attorneys, regardless of experience, with relevant experience. The second position requires a minimum of four years of experience with litigation experience preferred.

Read more and apply here.

April 20: AGO hiring Assistant Attorney General in Spokane, Torts Division

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, and the Attorney General’s Office serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including social and health services, consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.

Attorneys in the Tort Section of the Spokane Division work on a wide array of Tort, civil rights and employment cases representing an array of clients: DSHS, Eastern State Hospital, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and other east side institutions of higher education, WSDOT, and the Department of Corrections are examples of frequent clients. Applicants can expect to litigate in both state and federal courts.

Apply and learn more here.

June 1, paid: National Association for Law Placement hiring summer publications coordinators


Application Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

NALP seeks three to four summer project assistants to help update and maintain database content on its PSJD website. This is an ideal opportunity for law or graduate students who desire to supplement their income while interning or clerking in Washington, DC in the summer of 2017.

Since 2003, NALP has housed and administered PSJD.  PSJD is an online public interest/public sector jobs database for law students and lawyers seeking internships, fellowships, or permanent positions. Over 200 law schools in the US and Canada subscribe to PSJD, which contains profiles of over 14,000 public sector employer organizations and over 3,000 job listings. PSJD offers law students and lawyers the most extensive listing of legal and law-related public service opportunities available anywhere. During the summer of 2017, PSJD will continue its work toward a complete verification and update of content in its database. We are seeking students with an interest in public interest law and the nonprofit world to assist us. Hours are flexible within the parameters of normal business hours, and can be arranged around an internship or other activity.

Apply and learn more here

July 1: Center for Reproductive Rights hiring a staff attorney for their U.S. litigation division

CRR LogoApplication Deadline: Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Summer Internship with the Northwest Justice Project’s Veterans Project

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Northwest Justice Project’s Veterans Project collaborates with local healthcare and social service providers to identify and address the civil legal needs of our area’s low-income veterans. Interns will collaborate with the two Veterans Project attorneys, who provide direct legal assistance to veterans, engage in community and provider outreach, attend events with local service providers, and attend weekly and monthly legal clinics in the Seattle area. More information about the Veterans Project and the work we do is available on our website, RepWAVets.org.

Read more and find application instructions here

Rolling Deadline: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission summer internship for rising 3L

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Seattle Field Office, is hiring for summer internships.

To apply, send an email expressing interest and attaching a resume to john.stanley@eeoc.gov<mailto:john.stanley@eeoc.gov>.

Rolling Deadline: Public Justice Center hiring Employment Rights Attorney

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Public Justice Center seeks a passionate and committed attorney to join its Workplace Justice team.

The Public Justice Center (“PJC”) is a nonprofit civil legal organization that advocates for social justice, economic opportunity, and race equity. Combining traditional client representation, policy campaign expertise, and community action collaboration, the PJC’s projects are strategically designed to create lasting impact. The PJC uses the full range of lawyering strategies, advocating in the courts, legislatures, and government agencies, in addition to public education and coalition building, to advance its mission of “pursuing systemic change to build a just society.” For more information, visit: www.publicjustice.org

Apply and learn more here

 

Staff attorney positions open for Seattle litigators

April 4: King County Dept. of Public Defense hiring Assistant Training Director

Application Deadline: Preferred before the end of business, Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Duties include: Recruit, interview, and facilitate hiring processes for students seeking intern and entry level positions with the Department. Act as liaison between the Department and educational institutions to recruit quality, social justice oriented students. Guarantee quality intern/extern recruitments and quality educational experience for interns/externs with the Department throughout the year. Work closely with the Training Director in the development and implementation of a department-wide training program for interns and new attorneys. Oversee and manage the organization and distribution of training materials, legal manuals, online resources, educational videos, and more. Other duties as assigned.

Read more and apply here.

April 9: Staff Attorney position with NWIRP

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking attorney to work with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1575 detainees. The attorney will be providing legal representation to individuals in removal proceedings.

The attorney will provide direct representation to detained persons in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit court of appeals. Attorneys will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.

Read more and apply here.

April 14: Staff Attorney/QLAW Clinic Coordinator with Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association VLS Logo

Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017

The mission of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLS) is to ensure meaningful access to justice for low-income individuals by providing clients with volunteer attorney advice, representation, self-help materials, and paralegal support.

This position will (1) provide legal assistance to clients eligible for services in Pierce County under the South Sound Immigrant Survivor Project (SSISP) and Legal Help for Incarcerated People (LHIP) project and will (2) develop and coordinate a new program designed to provide services for eligible LGBTQ QLAW Clinic clients in the State of Washington.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: City of Seattle hiring an Assistant City Attorney

City of Seattle LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office is seeking qualified candidates for an Assistant City Attorney position in the new Regulatory Enforcement and Economic Justice (REEJ) Section in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.

This Assistant City Attorney position will be responsible for litigating civil code enforcement cases in Seattle Municipal Court, before the Seattle Hearing Examiner, in King County Superior Court and in other Courts of Appeal, and providing legal advice and other client support.  The REEJ section  represents the Department of Construction and Inspections, Department of Transportation, Fire Department, Parks Department, Finance and Revenue Department, Office of Labor Standards, and Office for Civil Rights, among others, in their enforcement efforts.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Fall externship with Planned Parenthood

Planned ParenthoodApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Public Policy Litigation & Law Department of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) conducts impact litigation in state and federal courts across the country, and has been lead or co-counsel in most of the major reproductive rights cases of the past 30 years. PPFA also provides strategic legal advice on legislation being considered in Congress and state legislatures and on regulatory issues at the national, state, and local levels.

PPFA is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving women, men, teens, and families. Our 50+ locally governed affiliates operate approximately 650 health centers, serving the diverse needs of each community. For the last 100 years, we’ve worked tirelessly to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and guarantee that safe and legal abortion services are available to women who need them.

Apply and learn more here

Rolling Deadline: Summer Internship Program at National Center for Access to Justice

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The National Center for Access to Justice located at Fordham Law School seeks a small number of committed law students to serve as law student interns in summer 2017. NCAJ’s summer program runs from Monday, May 22nd through Friday, July 28th, 2017, with some flexibility on start and end dates.

NCAJ is the national nonprofit organization located at Fordham Law School that relies on data to increase access to justice in the civil and criminal justice systems.Access to justice is the meaningful opportunity to be heard, but millions of people are unable to obtain a fair hearing and a fair result in disputes involving even the most basic human needs, such as keeping a home, holding a family together, and securing physical safety. Access to justice is often compromised even in criminal cases.

Apply and learn more here

Put on your running shoes, it’s time for Race Judicata

April 8: Race Judicata

Time: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017; registration closes April 6.
Place: Green Lake Park

Race Judicata is a fundraising event for the University of Washington School of Law’s Student Health Law Organization. The race aims to raise $5,000 for a health-law specific grant to be provided to a law student who is working in an unpaid health-law internship over the summer.

 

The race is graciously sponsored by Floyd, Pflueger & Ringer, P.S., Perkins Coie, Bradley G. Davis Law Office, Davis Wright Tremaine, Washington State Hospital Association, and Barbri.

May 24: Save the Date for a Jury Diversity symposium

Time: TBD
Date
: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Place: Temple of Justice, Olympia

Please join WA Appleseed and the Minority & Justice Commission at a symposium on Jury Diversity in Washington: A Hollow Promise or Hopeful Future? More details to come

It’s time to apply for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Due April 3: Nominate someone who inspires you for the WSBA APEX awards

WSBA Logo

The WSBA is seeking nominations for its 2017 WSBA Annual APEX Awards, which honor exemplary individuals from the legal community including legal professionals, judges, and members of the public. The awards will be presented at the Annual APEX Awards Dinner on Sept. 28, 2017, to those who have made noteworthy contributions and achievements in public service, government service, professionalism, pro bono work, diversity and other areas.

Read more and nominate here.

Due May 3: Time to apply for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

LRAP constitutes a core component of the School of Law’s commitment to public service as a public law school by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law.

Participants are required to commit to remain in public service employment for a three year period. Loans are given at the beginning of each of the three years. The first loan will be forgiven after two years of qualifying employment and the additional two loans will be forgiven after three years of qualifying employment.

The School of Law loans $5000 each to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Read more and apply here.

Washington State Bar Foundation seeks new member board of trustees

The Washington State Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity, organized for the purpose of supporting the Washington State Bar Association programs that promote diversity within the legal profession and enhance the public’s access to, and understanding of, the justice system. Its volunteer Board of Trustees, like all nonprofit boards, has legal and fiduciary responsibility for the organization. The Foundation is a fundraising entity only, directed to support the Bar Association by raising awareness and support for Bar Association program. The Foundation does not establish Bar Association policy or programs.

Read more here.

 

Immediate clerkship opening with the King County Superior Court

Due April 1: Two-year fellowship opportunity with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Application Deadline: Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) has successfully helped Haitians enforce their human rights since 2004. IJDH partners with the Haiti-based Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) to support grassroots struggles for justice in Haiti and in the powerful countries abroad where decisions about Haitians’ rights are often made. IJDH and BAI combine traditional legal strategies with organizing, emerging technology and public advocacy to address the root causes of instability and poverty in Haiti.
Learn more and apply here. 

Due April 15: Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellowship for recent grads

Application Deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2017

The ABA Center for Innovation and Microsoft are excited to announce a unique new fellowship opportunity for recent law school graduates. The inaugural ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow will gain invaluable experience while positively impacting the delivery of legal services to those most in need of assistance.

Among other exciting projects related to innovation in legal services, in 2016, Microsoft announced a partnership with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to create statewide online justice portals. The project’s aim is to direct low-income persons to appropriate legal aid resources in each state. It seeks to transform a system that is too often opaque, confusing, and inefficient into a single, simple, statewide access point for legal aid resources.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Tribal Court Support Attorney in Bethel, AK

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Alaska Legal Services Corporation is hiring a full-time attorney in Bethel to work in partnership with the Association of Village Council Presidents to provide legal advice and representation to YK Delta tribal governments to enhance and develop tribal justice systems handling matters related to child protection and community and family safety.

Read more and get application instructions here

 

Rolling Deadline: Gender Justice Fellowship with Legal Momentum

Application Deadline: Open until filled

For nearly 50 years, Legal Momentum’s gender justice advocates have devised cutting-edge strategies and innovative tools to achieve gender equality. Legal Momentum’s mission is to transform our society into one where all women and girls are economically secure, empowered to make their own choices, and live and work free of discrimination and violence.

The Legal Momentum Gender Justice Fellowship Program recruits professionals from diverse disciplines including education, law, media, and technology. The 2017 incoming Fellow will work with grassroots organizations, media, government entities, labor unions, and advocacy organizations on behalf of Legal Momentum’s mission of gender equality, with a strategic focus on parity in the workplace. The Fellow will serve as an ambassador for our work, particularly among girls and younger women. She will be social media savvy and will reach new audiences to promote gender equality, and devise remedies to end inequality.

Apply and learn more here

Rolling Deadline: Clerkship opening with King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus

King County LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled, begins immediately

Judge Beth Andrus, Chief Civil Judge, King County Superior Court, seeks bailiff/law clerk for a two year position beginning April 3, 2017. Duties include assisting the judge with legal research and writing, processing orders, managing the court’s calendar, trial management, and overseeing all functions of the courtroom. You may also supervise legal externs and interns working in chambers, including assisting them with research and writing projects. The position is an extremely rewarding experience for a young lawyer interested in litigation. You will learn a great deal about the trial court, the rules of procedure, and motion and trial practice. Washington State Bar membership is required.

Read more and apply here.